Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines and Practices
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Homosexual Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Jeff wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am new to things that are Catholic and am starting to learn a lot. Nevertheless, I can't find an answer to this question.

  • Why are bells rung at certain times during the preparation of the Eucharist?
  • What is this?



  { Why do bells ring at certain times during the preparation of the Eucharist? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Jeff —

The bells are run when the words of institution are said — these are the words that Jesus said to consecrate the first Eucharist. We believe, then, that when the priest says:


the bread is transformed into the Body of Christ, and the blood is transformed into the Blood of Christ. (The body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ are contained in each form, to be technical.) Therefore it is a pious custom to ring the bells at those times.

I believe the bells are also rung at the calling down of the Holy Spirit, or Epiclesis. In the older liturgy, these prayers were done silently, so the bells told the faithful when the transformation had taken place; now they merely accentuate it.


Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.